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Philly Politicians Are Condemning Derek Chauvin. Why Are They Silent on Local Police Brutality?

In the wake of the emotional testimony at the start of the Derek Chauvin trial, some of Philadelphia’s most influential and powerful politicians made sure […]

Philly police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who was the subject of threats by Peter Fratus, according to the FBI
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Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw

Right now, I can’t get the words of legendary Black writer and Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston out of my head: “All my skinfolk […]

philadelphia police using tear gas on protesters, who are filing a lawsuit over the use of tear gas
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Here’s the Scathing Investigative Report on the City’s Response to Civil Unrest in 2020

Nearly eight months after police tear gassed protesters on I-676 and in West Philadelphia, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart has released a positively blistering investigative report […]

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2020 in Review: These Are the People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

While stocking up on last-minute groceries at Whole Foods this week, I got my privilege checked. As I was wrapping up a call, I began […]

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Let’s Talk About the Economic Reason “Defund the Police” May Be a Hard Sell in Philadelphia

Last summer, the term “Defund the police” took off following the extrajudicial police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others. But like many […]

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Inside the Fight to Abolish Police in Philadelphia

It’s an incredible idea, one that’s been percolating for a long time in Philadelphia and other cities. Certainly, all of YahNé Ndgo’s life. A 48-year-old […]

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Body-Cam Video of Walter Wallace Jr. Killing Shows How Cops Perpetuate Black Trauma

Walter Wallace Jr. didn’t deserve to die. And new footage further proves it. Beyond these revelations, the world was reminded yet again how ineffective police […]

artist maria moller on her south philly block where she is debuting a get-out-the-vote art exhibit this week
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This South Philly Artist Is Turning Her Block Into a Get-Out-the-Vote Art Exhibit

South Philly artist Maria Möller has shown her site-specific and public art works in galleries, vacant lots, libraries, motels and all sorts of other other […]

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The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist

At the start of the summer, white people’s interest in Black Lives Matter grew during the George Floyd protests. But I didn’t believe them. As we […]

Fired Philadelphia police officer Bryan Turner, who is suing the city for retaliation after he sided with Black Lives Matter protesters
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Fired Philly Cop Says His Support for Black Lives Matter Led to Threats and Harassment

A roundup of news from the Philadelphia area. Fired Philadelphia Police Officer and Black Lives Matter Supporter Bryan Turner Sues City Bryan Turner is no […]

a barricade near the parkway encampment in philadelphia
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I Fear the Parkway Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing

In some ways, 2020 is starting to feel like 1985. Right now, a group of vulnerable and displaced people is actively defying the city’s demand […]

christine alonso of the interboro school district board at a black lives matter protest in ridley
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Ugly New Video Emerges of Interboro School Board Official Christine Alonso at BLM Protest

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. More Trouble for Interboro School Board Treasurer […]

interboro school district board treasurer christine alonso at black lives matter protest in ridley
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School District Board Says It Can’t Remove Embattled Official Christine Alonso

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Interboro School District Board Says It Can’t […]

interboro school district board member christine alonso wears a pink tank top during a black lives matter protest in delaware county, pennsylvania
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BLM Protesters Call for Delco School Board Official’s Removal After Her Behavior at Protest

A roundup of Philly news. This article may be updated at any time as new information becomes available. Black Lives Matter Protesters Call for Removal […]

Jordan A. Harris
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What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Look Like Real Policy Change

Jordan A. Harris, 36, of Grays Ferry, is the state Representative and Democratic caucus whip for the 2019-’20 legislative session. For years, I’ve seen the […]